Monday, September 23, 2013

Tuesday Poem

Image - Andris Apse

 Deep in the Hills

Once I thought the land I had loved and known
Lay curled in my inmost self; musing alone
In the quiet room I unfolded the folded sea,
Unlocked the forest and the lonely tree,
Hill and mountain valley beach and stone,
All these, I said, are here and exist in me.

But know I know it is I who exist in the land;
My inmost self is blown like a grain of sand
Along the windy beach, and is only free
To wander amoung the mountains, enter the tree,
To turn again a sea-worn stone in the hand,
Because these things exist outside of me.

O far from the quiet room my spirit fills
The familiar valleys, is folded deep in the hills.

~ Ruth Dallas


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Stranger...

Some stranger photos for Carmi's Thematic Photographic 261 
(hastily, in the middle of marking exams...)

It's me (It is I) who is the stranger in their midst, now I come to think of it :)

Carpet salesman, Bursa, Turkey

A family fishing while waiting for the Inter-Island ferry, Wellington

More fishing - Tauranga harbour

Children on the lakeshore, Wanaka

Lake Wanaka, with ducks and pier

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Just When I Needed A Smile....

An item from the "Sideswipe" column in this morning's newspaper which really made me laugh:

Eggplant on check-out operator's face

A friend's in a supermarket to buy aubergines (eggplants).
Callow youth at check-out: "What are they?"
Friend: "Aubergines."
CYAC: (Checks product list for a code) "We don't have them."
Friend: "Well, the fact that I'm standing here with them would indicate otherwise."
CYAC: "Listen, the only things we've got listed under 'O' are oranges."


Monday, September 9, 2013


For Thematic Photogaphic this week, I decided to post some of the dogs who have lived with my family since my children were young.

The first dog we ever got was Jason (he of the golden fleece) - a lovely Golden Labrador who lived with us for 12 years until he died of old age at 14. Sadly I don't have any digital pics of him.

Then came Murray, the Best Dog Ever. 
He was an SPCA dog, Labrador and (probably) German Shepherd cross.

He had the most wonderful nature - affectionate and gentle, loyalty personified (canified?). 
At the age of 7 he developed stomach cancer and in spite 
of an operation to remove the tumour, had to be put to sleep. 
This photo of him about a week before he died can still make me cry:

Next was Darcy - a pedigreed Golden Labrador.

He was a nice dog but was only with us for three years; 
he hurt both front knees as a pup jumping off a cliff and developed really painful 
arthritis in them over the next couple of years. 
He, too, had to be put to sleep.

We had got Manu as a companion for Darcy when everyone was working long hours and we 
were worried about him being lonely:


For about 6 months we had 3 dogs, as we looked after Neo for some friends:

These days, it's just Manu who keeps us company; we live on a much smaller property now,
 and there's no room for a big dog:

 He is our faithful and true friend, always smiling. 
And like all of our animals, greatly treasured.


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“You can say any fool thing to a dog and the dog will just give you this look that says, 'My GOSH, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!”
~ Dave Barry